In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VirtualBox on your Debian 9 Stretch. For those of you who didn’t know, VirtualBox is a program that allows you to install an operating system without changing your computer’s main operating system. This software allows you to create and run guest operating systems (“virtual machines”) such as Linux and Windows on top of the host operating system.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation of VirtualBox on a Debian 9 (Stretch) server.
Install VirtualBox on Debian 9 Stretch
Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal:
apt-get update apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing VirtualBox on Debian 9.
First, Add the VirtualBox repository:
sudo apt-add-repository 'deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian stretch contrib'
Next, we need to download and import the Oracle GPG public key to Debian 9 system with the following command:
curl -O https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc sudo apt-key add oracle_vbox_2016.asc
Install the VirtualBox 5, command as follows:
apt-get update apt-get install virtualbox-5.1
Step 4. Accessing VirtualBox.
Once it’s installed, start it from your application menu, or run the command below to start VirtualBox from the terminal:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed VirtualBox. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VirtualBox on Debian 9 (Stretch) server. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official VirtualBox website.